Sunday, October 30, 2011

Halloween Cat Cookies

Halloween is here, and for me it is the beginning of the hustle of the holiday season. There is always so much going on from this point forward that I've found it easier to stick to traditions. For all I know that is how traditions came about. One year a mother tired of being clever, and original decided that it was much easier to do the holiday's exactly the same every year, and traditions were born. 

One tradition we have is making Cat cookies for school. They are a chocolate cookie with candy corn eyes and a M&M nose. I originally found them in the now defunct Hallmark magazine, but I sure they have been around forever.You can find them here at

The idea is to rapidly place the candy corn and M&M's in while  the cookies are hot. This is where we "traditionally" run into trouble.This year we couldn't get the candy to stick. So we tried putting the candy in before we cooked them, which to be perfectly honest, we've done it that way in  the past and achieved the expected results. If you put the candy in first the candy corn melts, and you have cats with runny eyes.

It's not the end of the world, you can cut the melted edges off, and you have a perfectly lovely cat cookie. But the last batch, we waited to put the eyes and nose in, until there was only two minutes left on the timer. Then we put the cookies back in the oven to finish baking. We piled the cookies into the waiting tray, threw in some loose candy corn and they are ready for school tomorrow.

That is one of our tasty Halloween traditions. What traditions do you rely on to sail through the holidays? 

Monday, October 17, 2011

Magical Mail

I have had another fun filled month of new books arriving almost by magic in my mail box.  Earlier this month, I won Theresa Romain's debut historical novel Season for Temptation from the Vauxhall Vixens during her blog tour. That was a terrific surprise, as I had been following Theresa's journey as a new author on Facebook, Twitter and her blog. I was actual nervous about reading this book, because I had started to get to know Theresa on Twitter, and was concerned that her regency heroine might be packing a light saber and raising a clutch of baby kraken in her rose garden.(Is clutch the proper word for a group of baby kraken? I'll have to ask Theresa as she is somewhat of an expert.) Well, my worries were unfounded as Season for Temptation is a charming tale, with fun characters caught up in an awkward love triangle and nary a kraken in sight. 

Then today, Awakened by a Kiss arrived in the mail from Lila DiPasqua which I had won on her blog. I am excited to read Awakened by a Kiss, because first of all I haven't read any of Lila's books yet, and secondly they are based on Fairy tales. Sounds lovely doesn't it? Did I mention that they were Fiery Tales and reported to be steamy? Now I have your attention, don't I? (How steamy I wonder? Well, I'll just have to read them and find out.) Lila also sent me many bookmarks, and excerpts from her books as well as other authors, which was a wonderful surprise. A little tidbit about Lila DiPasqua is that she has been very close to Gerald Butler. Yes, that Gerald Butler - don't be jealous they were well supervised. Also Lila's husband Mr.D is a frequent guest interviewer on her blog, and has had some very funny interviews with various romance writers husbands. Lila also has a newer book out A Midnight Dance that is getting fabulous reviews.

Both Lila DiPasqua and Theresa Romain have very entertaining blogs and I have posted links to those under Merry Mix of Blogs.

Thanks to both of them for keeping the magic in my mail box. Have you found any magic in your mail box lately?